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Cyprus scores well over tertiary education attainment

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Cyprus has one of the lowest rates of early school leavers in the EU, ranking fourth behind Croatia, Slovenia, and Poland, thus fulfiling the 2020 national target along with other 12 member states, according to Eurostat.
At the same time Cyprus ranks second in the EU, behind Lithuania, on tertiary educational attainment, scoring 54.6 per cent.
The share of people between 30 and 34 in the EU who have completed tertiary education has constantly increased, from 23.6 per cent in 2002, when the series started, to 38.7 per cent in 2015.
This pattern was even more significant for women – from 24.5 per cent in 2002 to 43.4 per cent in 2015, above the overall Europe 2020 target – than for men – from 22.6 per cent to 34 per cent, still below the overall Europe 2020 target.
The Europe 2020 strategy’s target is that at least 40 per cent of 30 to 34-year-olds in the EU should have completed tertiary education by 2020.
In addition, the share of early leavers from education and training (aged 18-24) has steadily decreased in the EU, from 17 per cent in 2002, to 11 per cent in 2015.
Young women (9.5 per cent in 2015) are less affected than young men (12.4 per cent). The Europe 2020 target is to reduce the rates of early school leaving in the EU to below 10 per cent by 2020.
In 2015, the proportion of those aged 30 to 34 who had completed tertiary education increased compared with 2002 in every Member State for which the time-series is available.
In 2015, at least half of the population aged 30 to 34 had completed tertiary education in Lithuania (57.6 per cent), Cyprus (54.6 per cent), Ireland and Luxembourg (both 52.3 per cent), as well as Sweden (50.2 per cent).
At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions were observed in Italy (25.3 per cent), Romania (25.6 per cent), Malta (27.8 per cent) and Slovakia (28.4 per cent).
Twelve Member States have already met or exceeded their 2020 national target for this indicator: Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Finland and Sweden.
In 2015, the share of persons aged 30 to 34 who have completed tertiary education is significantly higher for women than men in all Member States, except Germany.

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